Marie-Hélène/Sam Bourcier

November 5-17, 2016
US Tour

Marie-Hélène/Sam Bourcier is a queer activist and theorist. He teaches cultural studies, queer and gender studies at the University of Lille.

Bourcier is a self-described "baby of French poststructuralism." He is the translator of Monique Wittig and Teresa de Lauretis and one of the first thinkers to have introduced queer theory in France. From September 2000 to June 2001, Bourcier was a visiting post-doctoral Fulbright scholar at New York University.

He has written extensively on queer culture, theory and politics; sexual subcutures; feminisms and postfeminisms; and minority identities in France and in other countries. He is the author of the Queer Zones trilogy: Queer Zones 1, Politique des identités sexuelles et des savoirs (2001), Queer Zones 2, Sexpolitiques, (2005) and Queer Zones 3, Identités, Cultures, Politiques (2011) and Comprendre le féminisme (2012). His Homo Inc : The Triangle and the Unicorn is forthcoming.

 

Selected Bibliography


- Queer Zones, Politique des identités sexuelles, des représentations et des savoirs, Balland, 2001; rereleased by Éditions Amsterdam, Paris, 2006
- Parce que les lesbiennes ne sont pas des femmes… autour de l’œuvre de Monique Wittig, Éditions gaies et lesbiennes, 2002; with Suzette Triton
- Queer Zones 2, Sexpolitiques, La Fabrique, 2005
- Queer Zones 3, Identités, cultures et politiques, Éditions Amsterdam, 2011
- Comprendre le féminisme, an illustrated essay with Alice Moliner, Éditions Max Milo, 2012

 

Proposed Lectures


1-The Triangle and the Unicorn
A lecture on the difference between Gay & Lesbian Politics and Queer & Transfeminist biopolitics.

2-Queer Zoning and Queer Praxis: The Descartes/Zarra Bonheur Battle
A conference on Queer performances which attempt to counter neoliberal subjectivation. How can they be read as a feminist and critical remake of the battle against the body that has been launched by cartesianism and capitalism?

3-Macadam Porn: Post-porn against Neoliberalism
Quite unexpectedly, Post-porn proved to be a way of doing activism in the public space. This presentation will deal with « pornactivism » against gentrification, neo-liberal subjectivation and the reprivatization of the sexual.

4-Bodies That Move: Politics of the Performative and Neoliberalism
A lecture about the new performative politics against neo-liberal dispossesion and/or expropriation.

5-Fifty Shades of Gender and Sexes--or More? Gender Paradigms and Scenarios and Sexual Difference’s Karaoke
A lecture about gender paradigms, the political scenarios they convey and their relationship to the modern fiction of sexual difference.

Tour Program


November 4: Berkeley University (Gender in Translation)
November 17: Berkeley University (Gender in Translation)


If you would like to invite this author to speak at your university or bookstore, please fill out the application form and email it to Anne-Sophie Hermil anne-sophie.hermil@diplomatie.gouv.fr.